Montrose, COLO.— Montrose County Public Health is pleased to announce changes in the COVID-19 vaccination scheduling. Today the county transitioned to a public-facing link to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments as opposed to signing-up on a pre-registration link and waiting for notification. Participants will confirm that they meet criteria established by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE) phase schedule. Appointments are also available by calling the public hotline at 970-252-4545.
The first public-facing clinic will be on Friday, March 5 with a goal of 1,000 doses of the new Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) vaccination. This vaccine offers protection after just a single dose of administration and does not require two doses. All the available vaccines have been proven effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 disease. As of Friday, March 5, CDPHE has announced that phase 1b3 vaccinations may begin, which includes a larger part of the population. For more information regarding the phase criteria, please visit https://covid19.colorado.gov/vaccine.
“We think this new system will ease the communication process,” said Commissioner Sue Hansen. “This is a good sign—this means that we have at least made one or more contact with everyone on our pre-registration list who is eligible. We know that several more residents will be eligible with the change in phases and we are looking forward to doing our part to help provide vaccinations to those who are eligible.”
“This is a step in the right direction; more and more providers have signed up and are now administering vaccine across the county,” said Montrose County Public Health Director Jim Austin. “Community members now have the option to receive a vaccination at over 10 different locations including doctor’s offices and pharmacies that offer flexible schedules and trusted medical expertise.”
Moving forward, the county will update montrosecountyjic.com/vaccination with information regarding clinic availability. Second dose clinics have priority at this time, and additional first doses are added as space is available. Please keep in mind that plans may change week-to-week as the county receives allocations on a weekly basis from the State of Colorado.